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Master's Programme Music Studies   

Faculty Faculty of Philosophy and History
Duration/ ECTS-Credits 4 Semester / 120 ECTS-AP
Academic Degree Master of Arts (MA)
Qualification Level Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0215 Music and Performing Arts
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code UC 066 836
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2013W)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2013W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • 45 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Historical Musicology or
  • 25 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Historical Musicology and
  • 20 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Systematical Musicology and Ethnology of Music

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: History and Analysis of Musical Cultures I
10.0 ECTS-Credits: History and Analysis of Musical Cultures II
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Culturological Reflections on Music  
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Popular Music

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Intermediality
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Music in Public Relations
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Reasearch Seminars
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Third Semester »

27.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Fourth Semester »

30.0 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis Defense

Graphic Chart »

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Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master's Programme Music Studies is grouped among the Humanities.

The master's programme serves as an in-depth and complementary vocational education based on a relevant bachelor's programme. Special attention in the master’s programme is to be given to an increasingly autonomous approach of scientific issues, problem-solving skills as well as promoting critical reflection of research results and methodological approaches.

Graduates of the Master’s Programme Music Studies have highly specialized knowledge in different disciplines of music studies, which qualify them for innovative and original research. They are able to elaborate new problem statements and to achive methodically secured results, with special attention to the current state of research. They are able to apply their knowledge and understanding in terms of subject-specific skills and the competence of scientific integration of knowledge from different areas.  

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialised knowledge. They are able to apply their knowledge by independently formulate and substantiate scientific arguments and to find innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Research (within the university and also in non-university or other academic institutions), teaching at universities and art universities, academies of music and other teaching institutions in the field of music, music schools as well as adult education institiutions, musical collections and music-related documentation facilities (libraries, archives, museums, music information centres), media (radio, TV, print media, internet), cultural management (event management), dramaturgy, cultural industry (publishers, recording industry), cultural administration and cultural politics.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck


As part of the Master’s Programme, a Minor of 30 ECTS-Credits can be completed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 45 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

 Austrian grading
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Monika Fink-Naumann

Dean of Studies
Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Brigitte Truschnegg

Information for students with disabilities  

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